T-Minus 90 Days and Counting…

I feel like we are in the home stretch of our home service assignment (what is more commonly referred to as furlough). We are hoping to leave in June, which is a short 3 months away. I was reminded of this when I was looking at a relocation check list on a handy website for expats living in Vienna. We are almost at “moving day minus 90” and while this is not my first move overseas this there is a lot more involved now that there are two of us. What I’m saying is gone are the days where I start packing the night before I leave.

Apart from the things to consider on the “Virtual Vienna“checklist we have support yet to raise and a short-term team to lead as well. We had our first team meeting with the college team last weekend. They seem like they will be a good group and Liz and I are looking forward to helping them with the trip. There are, of course, lots of details to work through not the least of which is coming up with a plan to lead a week-long English language summer camp in Slovakia.

As far as support is concerned we are still working hard at it. Raising support is one of the many endeavors that requires a lot of “scattering of seed” before you see fruit. Liz and I have been hovering at around 70% for some time so we are trusting the Lord to see some fruit come in soon. In these kinds of situations, though, it’s best not to lean on a shovel while praying for a hole so we are currently down in the Houston area to visit with people in my home town and ask them to partner with us. We plan on making a similar trip to Missouri sometime in late April. After that we are hoping the next trip we take will involve a one-way ticket to Vienna!

The Feeling of Possibilities

You know that feeling you get when you step onto a college campus–the feeling of newness, future possibilities, and exciting things to come, like anything could happen? Well, that’s the feeling I had as Matt and I stepped onto the UNT campus last Thursday to attend German Club. I felt like a student again, and unofficially, I am. I am beginning to learn some basic German before we ship out to Vienna in June with the help of Matt, a textbook, this once-weekly conversation club, and soon, Adam’s set of German cd’s (thanks, Adam)!

The club was fun, and although I was the beginningest of beginners there, I was still in the company of some beginners with a few advanced speakers thrown in the mix. At first, I froze when someone asked me a question, and I kept wanting to ask questions in Russian (thanks, Moscow)! But by the end, I was able to clearly say, “My name is Liz”, to spell my name in German, and also nailed my target phrase, “How does one say…?” This week I plan to bust out a few more new phrases I’ve been working on and to get a good start on my numbers. I’m convinced that all of this learning will keep me young (or at least help me not to feel so helpless as I first land in a German-speaking environment for real)!

Send-off ’03 Video

So to be true to my word, this is a video I recently shared on facebook. I put this montage together from video and pictures that a friend took at a send-off the day before I left for my first overseas assignment in Russia. In the end it turned into a retrospective on my time there. Enjoy!

Turning Over a New Leaf

I had a blog when I went to Moscow. Anybody remember it? Yea it was pretty sad, so if you don’t that’s probably a good thing, and if you do, then you’ve figured out the title of this post. For the longest time, with my personal blog on our missions website and facebook I thought, “I’ll never do another blog again.” But latley I’ve come to realize two things. The first is that I don’t write enough. We’ll I’ve always known this, but I really want to do better. I need to think of it more as a joy then a requirement in my life and so I’m making another attempt. The second thing is that I realize that not everone is on facebook and while that may one day be untrue, until that day I’m going to attempt to put some of the fun things that I post on facebook to this blog.
So here it goes, I hope I do better thistime!